Conservative professor Tom Nichols said President Donald Trump’s claims of exoneration aren’t being taken seriously because he’s acting like someone who’s guilty.
The Naval War College professor told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that voters didn’t trust the president, Attorney General William Barr or Republican lawmakers about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia.
“I think one reason it’s not getting a lot of traction is because of the way the Republicans and the administration are acting about it,” Nichols said. “They’re not acting like people who feel like they’ve been cleared. The attorney general is already walking things back. He puts out this four-page summary, which I think he knew his job — he had to control the narrative within 24 hours. He did, but that didn’t last very long.”
Nichols said the president and his GOP allies had overreached by highlighting one line from Mueller’s report to claim there had been no evidence of collusion found, when the special counsel specified that Trump had not been exonerated.
“We have plenty of evidence already in the record from multiple indictments that that’s not true,” Nichols said, “and I think that what comes out of the Mueller’s report is going to affirm that. But then there’s the president himself who can’t just take a win as a win, and he has to go to this rally and he acts like a man who is terrified.”
“I’m not a businessman, he seems to have a talent for marketing, but I would love to play poker with the president because he’s a walking bundle of tells,” Nichols added. “He goes to this rally and he’s kind of going on about it and making fun each faces and rolling his eyes, and I think, you know, for somebody who is arguing that he’s just been vindicated, he’s acting like a man who hasn’t been vindicated at all, and really seems quite scared.”
A fake ‘intelligence staffer’ crafted the groundwork for the Trump conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden
It's unclear why President Donald Trump and his allies have chosen to attack Vice President Joe Biden's last living son as a key tenant to the 2020 reelection instead of focusing on his opponent himself. But according to a well-researched NBC News report by Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, the "documents," actually came from a fake person that never existed using a profile photo created by an artificial intelligence face generator.
Months ago, there was a fake "intelligence" document about Hunter Biden that popped up online along with tons of "files" from a supposed laptop. None of it was real and it has all been dismissed by Trump's own associates as fake. But now it's being revealed that the company behind the effort was a fake "intelligence firm" called Typhoon Investigations, researchers and public documents revealed.
BUSTED: Commerce Secretary was on board of Chinese joint venture — while running Trump’s trade war
On Thursday, Foreign Policy reported that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross remained on the board of a Chinese joint venture — even while he was tasked with overseeing President Donald Trump's trade war.
"In Chinese corporate documents obtained by Foreign Policy, Ross is listed as serving on the board of a Chinese joint venture until January 2019 — nearly two years into his term as commerce secretary," reported Isaac Stone Fish. "That joint venture, now called Huaneng Invesco WLR (Beijing) Investment Fund Management Co., is an investment partnership formed in September 2008 between Huaneng Capital Services, the U.S. management company Invesco, and a firm Ross founded, WL Ross & Co. Huaneng Capital Services is an arm of China Huaneng Group, a major state-owned power producer."
‘Shoot Black people’: Leaked chats show far-right activists fantasizing about killing random civilians
On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported new information from leaked chat logs about the "Boogaloo Boys," a loosely-associated movement of armed right-wing activists who have tried to use recent civil rights protests as a catalyst for widespread civil unrest.
"Although the movement has outwardly painted itself as acting defensively against gun laws, the leaked chats show members actively encouraging brutal violence, including that which would target civilians, particularly on the left," reported Kelly Weill. "And despite the movement’s stated hatred for federal agents and law enforcement, many members boasted of a cozy relationship with power, including one man who claimed to be an Army soldier working special operations with Mexican federales, and the school security guard in Long Island, who said he was angling for a cop career after interning with a local sheriff."